Section 8 vouchers
Low-income families in Orange County will have more options for housing moving forward, according to the Orange County Housing Authority Board’s presentation to the Orange County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
Due to a previous allocation of county funds, the Section 8 housing board was able to increase its payment standard for housing choice vouchers to 110 percent of the fair market rent rate.
“Eventually that means they will be serving fewer families, but the families that they serve will have a greater choice of housing,” said Jean Bolduc, chairwoman of the OCHA board.
The commissioners raised concerns about the standards of upkeep in certain apartment complexes that accept housing choice vouchers.
Bolduc said the OCHA has had problems with landlords who charge the full, fair market rate for housing to low-income people who are not receiving housing choice vouchers.
Though the apartment complexes are receiving the same amount of rent under this system as they would under Section 8, their properties are not held to the same standards of upkeep.